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CPA Ontario’s Conference for Controllers is a two-day learning opportunity designed for aspiring and current controllers. This year’s robust program will provide delegates the opportunity to network, share ideas and gain an update on the newest information, requirements, emerging procedures and applications of controllership.

Sessions will include plenary and concurrent formats.

Thank You to All Our Generous Sponsors


Supporting Exhibitors




Day 1 Agenda – Wednesday, March 28, 2018

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Breakfast and Registration

8:30 a.m. – 9:25 a.m.

Opening Keynote:

The Canadian Economy in 2018
Derek Burleton
Vice President and Deputy Chief Economist, TD Bank Group

9:30 a.m. – 10:25 a.m.

Breakout Sessions (Select One):

Raising Funds for Projects Through Crowdfunding
Ramy Elitzur, CPA, CMA
Professor, Rotman School of Management


Access Talent: Ontario’s Approach to Accessible Workplaces
Geordie Gibbon
Manager, Accessibility Outreach and Education Unit


Keeping Pace with Change: An Update on Financial Reporting Developments in Canadian ASPE and IFRS
Jordan Glazier, CPA, CA
Senior Manager, National Accounting and Assurance, Ernst & Young LLP

Mark DiGiandomenico, CPA, CA
Senior Manager, National Accounting and Assurance, Ernst & Young LLP

10:25 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Networking Break

10:45 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.

The ROI of Culture
Robert Murray
Destselling Author and Former Fortune 50 Business Leader

11:40 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.

Lunch & Spotlight Presentations

12:50 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Breakout Sessions (Select One):

Generational Differences on Leadership & Employee Motivation
Bruce Mayhew
President, Bruce Mayhew Consulting


Turning Controllers into Cyborgs with AI
John Colthart
VP Growth, Mindbridge AI


Government Grants and Subsidies
Brian Cookson, CPA, CA
Managing Director, RDP Associates

1:50 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Breakout Sessions (Select One):

Workplace Harassment & Crisis Management
Blake Moran
Legal Counsel, Kellogg Canada Inc.

James Heeney
Kellogg Canada Inc.


IFRS 16 Leases: An Overview
Kathleen Quinn, CPA, CA
Senior Manager, Accounting Services, Grant Thornton LLC

Mike Semczuk, CPA, CA
Manager, Practice Support Advisor, Central Canada, Grant Thornton LLC


How to Recover 10%-20% Additional Cash Flow from Your Supplier Base
Kevin Quinn
Principal, Expense Reduction Analysts

Marty Leiter
Senior Principal Consultant, Expense Reduction Analysts

2:45 p.m. – 3:05 p.m.

Networking Break

3:05 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Boost Your Brain! Brainscience Secrets for Motivation, Productivity, & Performance
Dr. Brynn Winegard
Principal, Winegard & Company

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Cocktail Reception


Day 2 Agenda – Thursday, March 29, 2018

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Breakfast and Registration

8:30 a.m. – 9:25 a.m.

Beyond Traditional Time Management
Harold Taylor
Chief Executive Officer, TaylorInTime

9:30 a.m. – 10:25 a.m.

Breakout Sessions (Select One):

Bill 148: What Controllers Need to Know
Jordan Rodney
Founder, Rodney Employment Law and President, MaxPeople


Small Business Tax Changes
Kevin Stienstra, CPA, CA
Partner, Tax Services, Grant Thornton LLP


Buying AI: How to Invest in Artificial Intelligence
Joseph Fung
CEO, Kiite Inc

10:25 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Networking Break

10:45 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.

Demystifying Initial Coin Offerings
David Freeman
Director, DLT Labs

11:40 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.

Lunch & Spotlight Presentations

12:50 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Breakout Sessions (Select One):

Case Study: Applying ERM Principles in Information Security
Liane Kim
Risk Management Executive

Bachar Fourati
Cybersecurity and Fintech Advisor


Sponsoring Change in the 'Fourth Industrial Revolution'
Diana Jones
CIO Change Lead, Nokia


Corporate Tax Update for Financial Controllers
Karyn Lipman, CPA, CA
Senior Partner, Tax, Crowe Soberman LLP

1:50 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Breakout Sessions (Select One):

The Finance Journey: Earning a Seat at the Table
Julie Nguyen, CPA, CGA
Controller, Microsoft Canada

Majid Ali, CPA, CMA
Controller, Microsoft Canada


OSC’s Whistleblower Program: Why Should You Care, What You Need to Know
Ashok Menen, CPA, CA
Investigation Counsel, Ontario Securities Commission's Office


Corporate Social Responsibility: The Right Thing To Do, The Smart Thing To Do
Cheryl Fullerton
EVP, People and Communications, Corus Entertainment

2:45 p.m. – 3:05 p.m.

Networking Break

3:05 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Closing Keynote:

Unlocking Happiness at Work
Jennifer Moss
Co-Founder, Plasticity Labs